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Top industries for fatal work injuries

While most jobs carry some risk, there are certain industries that are more dangerous than others. The California Department of Industrial Relations found that 344 workers were killed on the jobsite during the year 2014. While the majority of the deaths occurred in the private sector, 38 of the total number were government jobs. There are many different industries that were involved.


The largest portion of deaths happened to service providers. This includes utility, transportation and trade workers, educational employees, financial workers and administrative and waste service workers.  There were also employees in this category who were part of the food and accommodation services, entertainment, arts and recreation industry, auto repair, and laundry workers. The total number of deaths in these industries accounted for 209 fatalities.


The second-highest sector for deaths was the “goods producing” category. This included any hunting, fishing, farming and forestry jobs. Most of these deaths were due to the employee’s contact with equipment or transportation accidents. The number of people killed in government jobs was 38 and the majority of those occurred in the local branches as opposed to federal offices.


The Department of Labor reports that in the same year, an average of over 13 people died each day for a total of 4,821 workers killed across the country. While federal efforts to improve safety have reduced the death rate from 38 per day in 1970, there is still much room for improvement. The top industry for fatalities was reported to be construction. Over 60 percent of those killed in construction were caused when they got caught in or between objects and equipment, electrocuted, struck by an object, or simply fell.

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